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Sep 17, 2002

Duhamel And Tommy Hayden Say New 600s Are Fast

<BR><BR>Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>The 2003-versions of the Honda CBR600RR and the Kawasaki ZX-6R are very good, say Miguel Duhamel and Tommy Hayden. <BR><BR>While spectating at the WSMC Toyota 200 on Sunday, September 15, American Honda's Al Ludington reported that Duhamel rode the new, 2003-model CBR600RR at a photo shoot at California Speedway in Fontana, California in mid-August. According to Ludington, Duhamel said the street version of the all-new CBR600RR was faster than his 2002-model CBR600F4i racebike.<BR><BR>Ludington also confirmed that he will be the crew chief for both Duhamel's Supersport and Superbike efforts in 2003.<BR><BR>Unable to keep from smiling any time the subject of his new, 2003 ZX-6R was brought up, Hayden said he got to test the new Kawasaki in Pahrump, Nevada two weeks before the AMA season finale at VIR and came away impressed. <BR><BR>"I rode a streetbike for a photo shoot," said Hayden after taking fourth in the WSMC Toyota 200 on a hot-rod, 636-engined version of his 2002 AMA Supersport Kawasaki ZX-6R. "I couldn't push it real hard because it was the only one in the country, and they told me I couldn't crash it or I was in big trouble. <BR><BR>"I'm excited about it. I think it's gonna have tons of potential with everything on it, and it's really gonna be adjustable. I hope we can get it pretty soon so I can start testing on it because fuel-injection and a bunch of stuff is gonna be new to me. I want to be dialed in before we get to Daytona."<BR><BR>With Joey Lombardo returning as his crew chief for 2003, Hayden (along with teammate Tony Meiring), will also race a 636cc version of the Kawasaki ZX-6R in AMA Superstock races.